Working at Tokyopop again

Hey everyone,

I’ve kind of sort of been keeping this news secret, but I’m interning at Tokyopop again. I pretty much was worried that I’d have to stop blogging because I didn’t want to break any rules and whatnot, but I’ve figured out a good solution. I’m just NOT going to talk about the specifics of what I’m working on at Tokyopop.

I will, however, try to share the articles I write for their weekly newsletter with you. Tomorrow I’ll be doing one on how to make crepes. I’ve never made them before without my mother’s more experienced hand around, so that’ll be fun.

One thing I do like about working there is that I get to read manga all day and I think it really helps me develop my understanding of the manga world. Hopefully that means I’ll get to serve you better in terms of this blog.

By the way, my apologies for the absence. After getting sick in Colombia, I spent a good part of last week trying not to get pneumonia and then the other part of the week packing, then moving in with my boyfriend and starting work at Tokyopop. The weekend wasn’t much better because I popped over to ALA on Saturday, went to a birthday party and then met my mom in LA to sit shiva (to mourn, basically) with a family friend. I also feel a little bit out of the loop in terms of what’s going on in the comic book world, so I’ll have to catch up with myself there.

I realized a few days ago that this summer will mark my 10th year of being a manga fan. Ten years ago, I would have never dreamed that I’d be trying to become manga editor or a blogger. I didn’t know such an editor position existed, blogging didn’t really exist at all and I hadn’t even discovered that I wanted to write yet. All that changed when I discovered manga and anime and became exposed to that creativity. Amazing, huh?

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3 Responses to Working at Tokyopop again

  1. Ellie says:

    i was wondering, how did you even get into editing, professionally (and legally)?
    i’ve been on a scanlation team for while now, editing as well, and i really REALLY REALLLYYYY love what i do, of course i know that its not exactly legal, but…..projects are dropped once licensed. either way, how did you go about pursuing this as a profession and not just a hobby?

    feel free to email,

    • Honestly, myself and everyone almost everyone I know who works as a freelancer for manga publishers got their jobs from interning at the company. I’ve actually made a post about this subject on the blog. If you show them you’re a hard worker with a lot of talent & passion, you’ve got a shot at getting work from them. Fewer pubs are willing to hire full-timers right now, so don’t expect much more than freelance work.

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